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Devils notebook Feb. 17

Volchenkov returns Friday; Devils make three roster moves

Thursday, 02.17.2011 / 3:58 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Though his Devils are making a real run at the playoffs, Jacques Lemaire doesn't believe that changes anything for Friday's meeting with the Rangers. 

The teams last met on Feb. 3 at the Garden. New Jersey rode goals by Ilya Kovalchuk, Brian Rolston and Dainius Zubrus to a 3-0 lead, then held on for a 3-2 triumph.

"They're ahead of us by a mile," Lemaire said of the Devils' seventh-place rivals. "That hasn't changed. We're still at the same level as we were."

Lemaire shrugged off the Devils-Rangers history for now. No matter who they're playing, his squad needs wins, no matter the opponent. They trail Carolina by 12 points for the final playoff spot in the East.

"It's not the competition against the two there," he said. "They're in the playoffs, we're not. It's just a game that the two teams want to get two points. That's what it is."

A-Train back
Anton Volchenkov has served his three-game suspension, and will return to the lineup Friday. Mark Fraser will sit out.

"It's been a pretty long time," Volchenkov said. "It felt pretty long, but I'm ready to go. No changes. I'll [still play] the same way: hard."

He received the ban for an elbow to the head of Carolina's Zach Boychuk on Feb. 8. Boychuk was reaching for a puck as Volchenkov went for the hit, inadvertantly catching Boychuk up high.

Player moves
The Devils recalled center Jacob Josefson from Albany (AHL), and assigned defenseman Jay Leach. Tim Sestito was placed on waivers. If he clears, Lemaire said Adam Mair will take his place in the lineup on Friday.

Josefson played in six games with New Jersey from Oct. 15-27 before he was sidelined by a hand injury that required surgery.

He returned to the Albany lineup on Jan. 7 and has collected three goals and nine assists in 17 games. He had been centering Matt Anderson and Adam Henrique with the A-Devils.

"I liked it. I got to play a lot and that's what I needed," Josefson said. "I was out for almost two and a half months and needed to play some hockey games. That's what's really good for me."

The hand has definitely improved.

"It's been good," he said. "It's not bothering me at all. I still tape it a little bit, but just to make it better."

He added, "It feels strong."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51

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